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for March 26 1998
Contact: Judith Leynse, 212-465-1004, ext.105
CPJ Releases Annual World Survey of Attacks on
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will release Attacks
on the Press in 1997 at a news conference in Washington, D.C. at
10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at the National Press Club, First Amendment
Lounge, 14th and F Streets N.W. The 443-page worldwide survey details press
freedom abuses in 117 countries.
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. — CPJ Board Member Peter Arnett of
CNN and CPJ Executive Director William A. Orme, Jr. report on the
state of press freedom around the world, including the imprisonment and
assassinations of journalists in 1997.
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. — Panel Discussion on special reports in Attacks
on the Press in 1997 moderated by Alice Chasan, CPJ program and
Copies of Attacks on the Press in 1997 will be available at the press conference.
Kakuna Kerina, Africa program coordinator, examines the brutal crackdown
on independent media in Nigeria and outlines CPJ's campaign for the release
of Christine Anyanwu and the 16 other imprisoned Nigerian journalists.
Joel Simon, Americas program coordinator, details how Mexico's increasingly
independent press is uniting to defend itself against violence and legal
Lin Neumann, Asia program coordinator, discusses prospects for independent
journalism in Hong Kong and the role of press restrictions in Asia's economic
Joel Campagna, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator,
reveals how Jordan's government is muzzling independent reporting.